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    January 31st, 2015adminBusiness & Economy, Coffee, Kodagu (Coorg)

    Curbs on movement of containers on two State highways affect delivery to port

    Bengaluru :

    Curbs on the movement of heavy container traffic on the key State highway connecting Kodagu with Mangaluru port, and the closure of Shiradi Ghat on National Highway 75 for repairs will hamper coffee export consignments in Karnataka, the major coffee producer in the country.

    Exporters said containers were stopped from moving on the Mangaluru-Kodagu State highway from Monday by the district administration for repairs. As a result, coffee consignments have to be transported in normal trucks, a move that will increase shipment costs, Ramesh Rajah, President of Coffee Exporters Association, said.

    Round about
    The Shiradi Ghat on NH-75, which connects Mangaluru with Hassan and also used by exporters in Chikmagalur, has been closed since the beginning of this month for repair and development work.

    Most of the green coffee beans from the key growing regions of Kodagu, Hassan and Chikmagalur are normally shipped to the Mangaluru port in containers as it is safe and the quality can be maintained, Rajah said.

    Some 22 tonnes of coffee can be transported in a single container from the hinterland to the port. Two lorries with a capacity of 10-12 tonnes are required to transport the same quantity, entailing additional costs.

    Karnataka accounts for about two-thirds of the coffee produced in the country and Mangaluru is the major port for coffee shipments.

    Rajah said most of the export orders have been booked on free-on-board basis from Mangaluru port and the latest curbs on container movement during the peak exporting season could hurt the realisation for exporters and growers.

    He said the Government should look for a solution for regulating the container traffic on the Kushalnagar-Mangaluru road to ease the movement of coffee shipments.

    Further, Rajah said the overseas demand for robustas has been good, but the interest for arabicas has been rather subdued due to volatile prices.

    Robust outlook
    “The order book for the robusta is better than last year, and shipments have been picking up in the past couple of days,” he said. Robusta is currently being harvested across the key growing regions. According to the Coffee Board, provisional exports in the current calendar year (from January 1 to 15) are down at 6,610 tonnes against 8,597 tonnes in the same period a year ago.

    Last year, coffee exports stood at 3.01 lakh tonnes valued at ₹4,984 crore ($818 million).

    The Board, in its latest post monsoon estimates, has pegged the 2014-15 crop size at 3.31 lakh tonnes, a 4 per cent decline over its early or post blossom estimate of 3.44 lakh tonnes, primarily due to lower arabica crop that faced a severe pest attack, erratic rainfall and a cyclone.

    However, the latest estimates for 2014-15 are 8.7 per cent higher than last year’s final estimate of 3.04 lakh tonnes.

    Arabica output for the current season is pegged at 99,600 tonnes, while production of Robusta is expected to 2.31 lakh tonnes for the 2014-15 season, a decline of 5.6 per cent and 3.28 per cent respectively over the post blossom estimate.

    source: http://www.thehindubusinessline.com / Business Line / Hom> Agri-Biz / by Vishwanth Kulkarni / Bengaluru – January 20th, 2015

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    "I am looking to push a bit harder this year and make it to the top two and eventually emerge as the winners of the league," SK Uthappa said. (TOI Photo)

    “I am looking to push a bit harder this year and make it to the top two and eventually emerge as the winners of the league,” SK Uthappa said. (TOI Photo)

    New Delhi :

    Amid the excitement ahead of the Hero Hockey India League 2015, India’s forward SK Uthappa is all set to rattle the grounds of the stadium with his impressive performance. Playing for Uttar Pradesh Wizards consecutively for the third time, Uthappa looks more confident on putting up a good show making it to the finals for his team this season.

    In the first edition of the league, Uthappa without any failure showcased his talent and ability and helped the Uttar Pradesh-based franchisee claim the third spot win. However, in the second season of the league, the 23-year old player played with more maturity in order to materialize the given opportunities into goals. He got his name featured in the list of the ‘Man of the Match’ in the second season. In the same edition, he also got his name in the list of ‘Goal of the Match’ where the score was knotted to 1-1 against Delhi Waveriders.

    With all the experience and skill set developed in the upcoming league, Uthappa is spotted sweating it out striving hard not to miss any scoring opportunities. With an aim to give a tough challenge to the opponents and come out as a stronger team, Uthappa will find support of the team’s strong forward-line. The forward position will see players like Tushar Khandker, Ramandeep Singh, Nikkin Thimmaiah and Jeroen Hertzberger to name a few.

    Eagerly awaiting for the HHIL to begin, SK Uthappa said, “I am sure it will be a great season of Hero Hockey India League 2015. We not only have some of the best players from the world but also the top coaches. I am expecting that the team will do much well than what we did last season.”

    Speaking further, he added, “I am looking to push a bit harder this year and make it to the top two and eventually emerge as the winners of the league. Not only it’s a good learning experience for us, but a great opportunity for every player to be a part of this league.”

    The 3rd edition of the Hero Hockey India League will start from 22 January 2015. The opening day of the League will witness Kalinga Lancers taking on Ranchi Rays in Bhubaneswar.

    Hero Hockey India League will be telecasted LIVE on Star Sports.

    source: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / Home> Sports> Hockey / TNN / January 12th, 2015

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    January 30th, 2015adminCoffee News
    A view of the Indian Coffee House on Jawaharlal Nehru Street in Puducherry.— Photo: S.S. Kumar

    A view of the Indian Coffee House on Jawaharlal Nehru Street in Puducherry.— Photo: S.S. Kumar

    The workers of the iconic Indian Coffee House are demanding early elections to choose a board of management for the Indian Coffee Workers’ Cooperative Society that would effectively govern the eatery.

    The branches are managed by an interim administrator since 2011 as the previous board of management failed to conduct the elections on time.

    The Society was established in 1958 by the retrenched employees of the Coffee Board under the Government of India with their terminal benefits as the working capital of the Society. The Society was formed by the then Leader of Opposition and veteran communist leader, A.K. Gopalan, with the help of the Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru. The Society was registered in Puducherry under the Co-operative Societies Act 1972. It runs branches at T. Nagar and K.K. Nagar in Chennai, Kancheepuram, Big Kancheepuram, Kalpakkam and Neyveli besides having six branches in Puducherry.

    As many as 154 employees working in the branches are also members and shareholders of the Society. Normally the chain of restaurants were being managed by a board of management, comprising a president, a vice-president and seven directors who were elected by the workers and a chief executive officer to be appointed by the Registrar of Cooperative Societies.

    K. Ramachandran, Secretary of the Indian Coffee House Workers’ Union said, “Election was not conducted to constitute the board of management. Hence there is no improvement for the past four years as there was no board of management in place. The restaurants are not being managed in an efficient manner to turn profitable. In some places, the restaurants are having poor worker strength. Restaurants are kept unclean and service is delayed. The authorities not conducting the elections will only weaken the system further.”

    R. Rajangam, president of the union, said the basic principle of cooperative movement is democratic control of the Society and the election should be conducted immediately.

    The workers union also sought more fund allocation to the Society.

    T. Murugan, honorary president, said the government should come forward to infuse funds to increase staff strength and open more outlets. The Tamil Nadu government exempted the Society from collection of sales tax. Puducherry government should also extend the exemption of value-added tax.

    Workers demand early elections to choose board of management for Indian Coffee Workers’ Cooperative Society

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Puducherry / by R. Sivaraman / Puducherry – January 28th, 2015

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    If your child is not that enthusiastic about sports and fitness and his/her school does not push him/her enough, things may change soon.

    The State has finally got a shot at having its own sports policy with the “goal” of making it the sports destination of the country.

    The committee formed by the Karnataka Knowledge Commission, which boasts of some of the biggest names in Indian sporting history, met recently for the first time and discussed the issue.

    A report is likely to be submitted in a few months.

    Areas in focus

    Members of the committee include Rahul Dravid, former captain of the Indian cricket team and member of the Karnataka Knowledge Commission, badminton legend Prakash Padukone, Arjuna Award-winners Ashwini Nachappa and athlete Reeth Abraham. Areas expected to get a fillip are school and college-level sports, and manpower and sporting infrastructure. The committee is looking at roping in the Education Department to find ways to promote sports in educational institutions. Ms. Abraham said there is a need to make sports and fitness compulsory in schools, just like other subjects.

    “Children these days are not getting enough exercise and they will not do it without being pushed,” she explained.

    Reeth Abraham

    Reeth Abraham

    Health angle

    Ms. Nachappa said the policy will not look at sports from one angle.

    “For instance, sports can be looked at as a health benefit. Maybe, one per cent of the health budget can be allotted to sports. We have also discussed if a corporate organisation can run an elite sports,” she said.

    Ashwini Nachappa

    Ashwini Nachappa

    Coaches

    Human resource is the other area being explored, which includes getting coaches at the grassroots level.

    “We have a lot of physical education teachers doing disciplinary classes rather than sports,” Ms. Nachappa said.
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    The policy aims at making the State a sports destination

    Panel formed by Karnataka Knowledge Commission met recently and discussed the issue
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    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Bengaluru / Staff Reporter / Bengaluru – January 23rd, 2015

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    Arjun Halappa / The Hindu

    Arjun Halappa / The Hindu

    Notwithstanding the absence of a regular national hockey coach since the exit of Australia’s Terry Walsh, selector Arjun Halappa sounded upbeat here about the Indian squad’s future following its good show over the last year-and-a-half.

    “Some things are not in our control. We should not take it in a negative way. Indian hockey has been doing very well in the past 11 to 18 months. These things will be taken care of by the administrators. Let’s be positive,” said Halappa who is representing Dabang Mumbai as a player in the Hockey India League (HIL).

    He also said that Indian captain Sardar Singh is there to see first hand the home country talent on hand in HIL along with selectors and interim coach Roelant Oltmans who is also Director, High Performance at Hockey India.

    “Roelant (Oltmans) is there. We are there. Sardar is there leading a side (Delhi Waveriders),” he pointed out.

    Halappa said the Test series win over Australia Down Under, a first for Indian hockey (after winning the Asian Games gold for the first time after 1998 to qualify for the Rio Olympic Games), augured well.

    “As Hockey India selector I can say we have beaten Australia in Australia in the Test series. That jinx has been broken. We had never done that before. These things are getting better.

    “We can’t straightaway say we are becoming world no. 1. It’s a step by step process. (Junior) Players like Harmanpreet and Santa Singh can get lot of positives from this league,” he said.

    Halappa said he keeps his selector’s hat behind when he takes part in HIL as a player. “It’s a new challenge and I have to fight for my place. I am putting in my effort. I can see some players also while they train and play and their approach. But right now I am enjoying as a player. If I get into the selector’s mode, the players will be too reluctant to speak to me,” he said.

    Halappa, who was part of champion outfit Delhi last year, said his new team — Dabang Mumbai — looked good on paper and the players were gelling well, while adding that the proof of the pudding would be how it performs on the pitch.

    “On paper it looks really good, but let’s see how we perform on the pitch. It’s a mix of different cultures and there are a lot of different emotions. Things are looking positive.

    “I have been speaking to a few guys like (Australian Glenn) Turner. They said compared to last year the planning and approach looks different,” he remarked.

    Asked about the success mantra in HIL, Halappa said, “A good mix of Indian and foreign players playing together well, that makes the difference.”

    “Indians are very skillful, Australians are aggressive and very fast, Europeans are tactically good. Everything has to fall into place,” he added

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> Sport> Hockey / PTI / Mumbai – January 21st, 2015

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    January 28th, 2015adminEducation

    Virajpet to get Balamandira, Morarji Desai School

    District in-charge and Home Minister K J George said, the government is committed for the integrated development of the district and an effort will be made to solve the burning issues in the district.

    Speaking after unfurling the Republic Day celebrations, here, on Monday, he said, the District Administration has initiated measures to mitigate drinking water woes and develop Raja Seat. “Measures have been taken to construct Balamandira, Morarji Desai Residential School in Virajpet and Valmiki Bhavana. For the first time in the history of the country, the State government will conduct a socio-educational, economic survey, in the month of April. The people should furnish complete details for an objective assessment of their socio-economic status,” he said.

    Students of Crescent School, St Michael Primary School, St Joseph High School, Little Flower School and Rajarjeshwari School presented cultural programmes on the occasion.
    District-level Sarvothama Seva awards were conferred on Chandrakanth Nayak, Mallikarjunaiah, Ravikumar, Praveen Kumar, N M Jagadeesh, and Abdul Rab. The winners of essay writing and painting competitions Niharika, Reshma, Bhumika, Mansur were felicitated. NCC cadets Madikeri FMC College student Prathap Kumar and Bharathiya Vidya Bhavan Kodagu Vidyalaya student Pratheek Bopanna were also felicitated.

    MLAs Appachu Ranjan and K G Bopaiah, former MLC M C Nanaiah and others were present.

    Sainik School

    Sainik School Kodagu, at Kudige, near Kushalnagar, celebrated the 66th Republic Day on Monday.

    Principal Captain Ben H Berson was the reviewing officer and he was escorted by a horse cavalcade. In his address, he mentioned about the technological advancement of the country in different walks of life. A music programme was conducted by Franco for the staff and cadets.

    source: http://www.deccanherald.com / Deccan Herald / Home> District / DHNS, Madikeri – January 27th, 2015

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    January 28th, 2015adminNri's / Pio's, Sports, World Opinion
    Members of the Ambassador’s XI pose for a group photo after their title triumph. Photo – Supplied

    Members of the Ambassador’s XI pose for a group photo after their title triumph. Photo – Supplied


    Muscat:

    Indian Ambassador XI and Team Coorg hogged the limelight at the eighth Republic Day of India Hockey Festival at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex in Bausher.

    The festival was organised by Team Coorg and Friends of Naqvi Group to mark the 60th year of Indo-Oman diplomatic relations and 66th Republic Day of India under the patronage of Indian Embassy and the Oman Hockey Association (OHA).

    Indian Ambassador J.S. Mukul was the chief guest and OHA chairman Sheikh Mahfoodh Juma Al Juma was the guest of honour.

    The festival was supported by Mohammed Rafiq & Partners LLC, Dr. Mujeeb Hussain (Amana Modern Medical Center), Sandeeep Gupta of Global Pioneer Solutions (GPS), Pocari Sweat (Muscat Pharmacy) and Quality Printing Press.
    The matches were played in a festive atmosphere and hockey lovers and their families turned up in large numbers to witness the keenly fought matches.

    In the first match, the Indian Ambassador XI met their match in the young Indian School Al Seeb and the full time score read 2-2. The Ambassador XI managed to retain the Ambassador Cup 2015 which they had won in 2014 also, prevailing by a 3-2 margin in thrilling penalty shootout.

    In the second match, Team Coorg (Muscat) faced Beatrice Sports Club in an exciting tie for the Republic Day Cup 2015. Team Coorg met a strong challenge from Beatrice Sports Club and the final result of 3-2 in favour of the Team Coorg is an indicator of the closely contested match.

    The proceedings commenced with a two minute silence in memory of the departed King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. The choir from Indian School Al Seeb rendered the national anthems of Oman and India and were awarded with certificates signed by the Indian Ambassador.

    A novel competition was organised on the occasion for young students and participants for correct recitation of the Indian National Anthem and all participants were awarded certificates by J.S. Mukul and Sheikh Mahfoodh Ali Juma Al Juma.

    The organisers also came up with a unique gesture to honour several personalities for their contribution to promotion of hockey — Mustafa Lawati (former OHA general secretary), Mohammed Shambeh Al Raisi (former member of FIH Development Committee), Abdul Rehman (former national coach and international umpire), Belu Kuttappa (Manager, Team Coorg), Mohammed Osama Rawat (Festival Coordinator), Shakunthala Boppanna (athlete and national player) and Mohammed Irfan (Organizing Committee). Media personalities were also honoured.

    Inayat Naqvi, former Bombay XI player and national umpire, was presented with a memento for his admirable services as the trustee of the NGO Abhi Foundation for supporting under privileged children and providing them with free kit for hockey, football and athletics and appointing trained coaches for them.

    The Ambassador of India expressed his gratitude for celebrating Republic Day of India and congratulated all participants, spectators and sponsors. Sheikh Mahfoodh Ali Juma Al Juma also praised the organisation of the festival and congratulated the Indian Ambassador.

    SAS Naqvi, former technical advisor of Oman Olympic Committee and now a sports consultant, proposed vote of thanks and acknowledged the support and services rendered by the sponsors, participants and media, while thanking the special guests

    source: http://www.timesofoman.com / Times of Oman / Home> Sports / by Times News Service / January 27th, 2015

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    District-in-Charge Minister K J George has directed the officials to prepare an action plan for multi village drinking water scheme to supply water to Gonikoppa, Ponnampet in Virajpet and Chettalli in Somwarpet.

    Speaking to media persons on Friday, he said that the plan will be chalked out to mitigate drinking water woes.

    Tender has been invited for sand extraction, and sand will be available for public use in the next 15 days, he said. Only those government lands with five acres and above encroachments, are being cleared in the district.

    Notices issued
    Notices are being issued to those parties who have encroached less than five acre of land to ascertain whether they have submitted applications for regularisation of land.

    He said that the district administration had been receiving complaints pertaining to unauthorised home stays in the district, and that all the home stay owners should register.

    An action plan of Rs 5.4 crore has been prepared for the development of Raja Seat.
    Measures will be taken to release funds for the construction of General K S Thimmaiah Memorial and Kalabhavana in the district.

    Five acres of land has been identified for the construction of Zilla Panchayat Bhavan on the outskirts of city at Vidyanagara, the minister added.

    George added that the Cabinet sub-committee to collect public opinion on Kasturirangan report will visit the district on January 31.

    Deputy Commissioner Anurag Tewari, MLC T John and others were present.
    DH News Service

    source: http://www.deccanherald.com / Deccan Herald / Home> District / DHNS – Madikeri, January 17th, 2015

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    On January 15, we will be observing Army Day with a ceremonial parade in the Delhi Cantonment. It was on this day, in 1949, when General Kodandera Madappa Cariappa took over as the first Indian Commander in Chief of the Indian Army from General Roy Butcher, a British Army Officer.

    Many of us who had the opportunity of serving with the Indian Army had read about General Cariappa and the role he had played in consolidation of the Indian Army, establishing high traditions.

    I first came into contact with him in 1958 when I was working as the Assistant Editor of the Sainik Samachar, the multi-lingual weekly journal of the Armed Forces, earlier known as the Fauji Akhbar, which enjoyed the status of being the premier journal available in the reading rooms for the soldiers.

    A month after my taking over as the Assistant Editor, I was told to cover a meeting of the Ex-Servicemens’ Association which was being presided over by General Cariappa The meeting was being held at the National Stadium, near the India Gate in the Capital. I went to the venue about ten minutes earlier. I was introduced to General Cariappa. General Cariappa asked me my full name, where I came from and what was my educational and service background.

    While making his initial statement, I was pleasantly surprised when he said that the Assistant Editor of the Fauji Akhbar was there, and mentioned that I was a post-graduate and that I would give good coverage for the meeting. He called me to sit by his side during the rest of the meeting.

    When I left the meeting, he asked me to take interest in matters relating to retired soldiers. I was touched by his sense of involvement with the welfare of the troops.

    The next encounter that I had with him was in 1963. I was posted in Jammu and Kashmir and had donned the uniform with the rank of a Captain.

    My assignment was to cover the activities of the XV Corps-the troops on the Pathankot-Jammu-Srinagar-Leh-Chushul areas. I used to be on the road at least twenty days in a month, visiting Army units, or conducting senior journalists who were keen to observe and write how the Indian Army was being reorganised and re-equipped to face the Chinese in addition to the Pakistan Army. In the spring of 1963, I was asked to conduct B. G. Verghese who was then a senior correspondent of the Times of India to various units in Ladakh. I had arranged the itinerary for him, taking him from Leh to Chushul along the Indus, and driving up the Chang-la, the highest pass in the region. I had almost completed my task.

    On the last morning, as I was getting ready to proceed with Verghese for the next appointment, the unit in which I was staying got a message that I should get in touch with the Divisional Headquarters. I rang up the General Staff Officer to find out what was the requirement. He heaved a sigh of relief and said that the Corps Commander, Lieutenant General Bikram Singh was in Leh and he wanted me around as General Cariappa was visiting the area.

    I took George Verghese along with me and went to the Division Headquarters. I was ushered into the presence of Lt. Gen Bikram Singh, who was sitting on the lawns of the Alpha Mess, located near the Division Headquarters. He asked me what was I doing. I explained my assignment-that I was conducting a senior correspondent of the Times of India. He snapped back: “When the former Commander in Chief of the Indian Army is here, you have no business to muck around with civilians. Get out. You will get no facility from the Division and you may walk to Srinagar or wherever you want with that civilian”.

    Crestfallen, I was climbing the steps back to the Mess, when I saw General Cariappa coming down. He said, Hey Rao, what are you doing here. I muttered that I was conducting a correspondent of the Times of India to brief him about the Army defences in Ladakh. General Cariappa, said good you are here. He patted my shoulder and introduced me to Lt. General Bikram Singh as a bright young Public Relations Officer.

    Lt. General Bikram Singh nodded in acquaintance and told me to join him when the Commander-in-Chief was addressing the troops. Gone was his anger against me. Meanwhile, I arranged for an escort from the Divisional Headquarters for George Verghese. General Cariappa was from the Rajput Regiment, and so was Lt. Gen. Bikram Singh. The speech of General Cariappa was heard with rapt attention. It was not in chaste Hindustani, but very motivating for the soldiers.

    He told the soldiers that he had brought with him Kala Mirch-black pepper-from Coorg which will keep them warm in the high altitude, and create the right mood to fight the Chinese. He went round the parade ground distributing black pepper to each row of soldiers. He asked them about their food, general comforts, whether they received letters from home-and when he met Sikhs and Punjabis, inquired whether they got mustard oil. He knew the habits of soldiers of the Indian Army.

    After the function, I got myself dropped at the Signal Centre to file my report to Delhi. As I got down from the jeep, General Cariappa said he was going to visit Kargil and asked me whether I was coming. Lt. Gen. Bikram Singh said yes, and told me to file a good report.

    Next day, we landed in a propeller driven aircraft at a makeshift airstrip at Kargil. On arrival at Kargil, General Cariappa addressed the troops more or less on the same lines as he did in Leh and finished the stock of black pepper that he had brought from Coorg.

    I remember the little flutter in the Kargil mess that morning, when he asked for a ‘tailor kit’. He wanted thread and a needle. I managed it for him. He had a couple of buttons loose in his shirt. Patiently, he mended his shirt and got it pressed and wore it. All his clothes were in a small overnight bag. He was ‘properly dressed’ in a three-piece suit, when he sat down for his breakfast or dinner

    It was during this tour with General Cariappa that I heard many stories about his contribution to the Army and, on the lighter side, about his Hindustani. The story was that when he addressed troops on August 15 in 1947, he told the soldiers: “Is waqt aap muft, ham muft, mulk muft hai.” For him the word muft meant ‘free’.

    General Cariappa was the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Western Command during the Jammu and Kashmir operations. General Roy Butcher, who was then the Commander in Chief, had tried his best to tie General Cariappa’s hands during the operations by not approving plans to evict Pakistani ‘raiders’ from some sensitive areas. General Cariappa, as GOC-in-C quietly decided to clear the Pakistani raiders from Jammu – Naushera axis. He was then fighting on two fronts, the Army Headquarters led by General Roy Butcher and the Pakistani Army led by General Messervy.

    Only recently, British records of that period have been declassified. Not many know that General Roy Butcher was more loyal to the King of England than the Government of India. He used to send messages to the British Government through the British High Commissioner, over the head of the Defence Minister. He also advised the Indian Cabinet against launching the operation against the Nizam’s forces in Hyderabad.

    He is reported to have said: “As your C-in-C, I ask you not to start the operations.” And he offered his resignation if his advice was not heeded. There was a general silence while a distressed and worried Jawaharlal Nehru looked around. Sardar Patel, who was the Home Minister, remarked: “You may resign, General Bucher, but the police action will start tomorrow.”

    An angry Bucher stormed out of the meeting. All these indicated the importance for the Indian Army to have an Indian Army Chief. General Cariappa as Commander-in-Chief turned the imperial army into a national army. He raised the Brigade of Guards and the Parachute Regiments on an all-India caste composition and directed the raising of the National Cadet Corps and the Territorial Army.

    General Cariappa was keen that Army Officers, on retirement, should have a say in the affairs of the nation. He did contest elections in Bombay, but lost. I last saw General Cariappa in 1986 when the rank of Field Marshal was conferred on him. When the order was read in the Rashtrapati Bhavan before the President Zail Singh handed over the baton, considering his age, he was offered a chair to sit down, but he preferred to stand-ramrod straight.

    Not many remember that Field Marshal Ayub Khan served under General Cariappa in the British Indian Army. When his son Flt. Lt. K. C. “Nanda” Cariappa (who later rose to the rank of an Air Marshal) was taken prisoner after his Hunter aircraft was shot down during the 1965 war, Field Marshal Ayub Khan contacted General Cariappa in Mercara and offered to release his son.

    The reply of General Cariappa was:”He is my son no longer… He is the child of this country, a soldier fighting for his motherland like a true patriot. My many thanks for your kind gesture, but I request you to release all or release none. Give him no special treatment”.

    A great deal of credit goes to Field Marshal Cariappa to have made the Indian Army, truly Indian. Today, the nation can take pride in the role played by the Army in guarding it against external threats and insurgency promoted by hostile elements.

    The views expressed in the above article are that of Mr. I. Ramamohan Rao, Former Principal Information Officer, Government of India. He can be reached on his e-mail: raoramamohan@hotmail.com.

    source: http://www.business-standard.com / Business Standard / Home> News-ANI> National / by ANI / New Delhi – January 14th, 2015

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    New Delhi:

    Amid the excitement ahead of the Hero Hockey India League 2015, India’s forward SK Uthappa is all set to rattle the grounds of the stadium with his impressive performance. Playing for Uttar Pradesh Wizards consecutively for the third time, Uthappa looks more confident on putting up a good show making it to the finals for his team this season.

    In the first edition of the league, Uthappa without any failure showcased his talent and ability and helped the Uttar Pradesh-based franchisee claim the third spot win. However, in the second season of the league, the 23-year old player played with more maturity in order to materialize the given opportunities into goals. He got his name featured in the list of the ‘Man of the Match’ in the second season. In the same edition, he also got his name in the list of ‘Goal of the Match’ where the score was knotted to 1-1 against Delhi Waveriders.

    With all the experience and skill set developed in the upcoming league, Uthappa is spotted sweating it out striving hard not to miss any scoring opportunities. With an aim to give a tough challenge to the opponents and come out as a stronger team, Uthappa will find support of the team’s strong forward- line. The forward position will see players like Tushar Khandker, Ramandeep Singh, Nikkin Thimmaiah and Jeroen Hertzberger to name a few.
    Eagerly awaiting for the HHIL to begin, SK Uthappa said, “I am sure it will be a great season of Hero Hockey India League 2015. We not only have some of the best players from the world but also the top coaches. I am expecting that the team will do much well than what we did last season.”

    Speaking further, he added, “I am looking to push a bit harder this year and make it to the top two and eventually emerge as the winners of the league. Not only it’s a good learning experience for us, but a great opportunity for every player to be a part of this league.”

    The 3rd edition of the Hero Hockey India League will start from 22 January 2015. The opening day of the League will witness Kalinga Lancers taking on Ranchi Rays in Bhubaneswar.

    Hero Hockey India League will be telecasted LIVE on Star Sports.

    source: http://www.indiansportsnews.com / Indian Sports News / Home> Hockey / Wednesday – January 14th, 2015

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